Are There Smart Locks For Outdoor Gates?

The Inside Half of a Smart Lock is Not Made Weather Resistant

Can You Install Smart Locks on a Gate?

With residential lock technology making big advances in the past two years, our locksmith shops get asked this question almost daily. There is a big demand from customers wanting to install keyless smart locks on their gates so that they can track who enters and when. However:

You cannot use out-of-the-box residential smart locks on gates. Smart lock manufacturers anticipate their locks to be installed on house doors. Thus, half of the lock is installed inside of the home, protected from weather, and that half is not made to be weather resistant. However, there are some alternatives technologies that can be used to get most if not all of the smart lock capabilities.

When you think about a smart lock, you think about remote access and monitoring.

Can you let someone in when you are not at the location? Can you lock someone out when you are not at the locations? Can you issue user codes and pull codes when you’re not at the location? Can you check to see who has entered and when?

You can get most of these smart lock features for your gate lock using add-on product, non-name-brand, or alternative smart locks.

How to Use Smart Lock Deadbolts on Gates

Choose a Non-Name-Brand Smart Lock

For deadbolt smart lock on your gate, you can use a non-name brand. Major brands do not design both sides of the smart lock to be weatherproof, but a few non-brand versions are claiming to be weather resistant on both sides.

As a professional locksmith, we don’t normally sell non-name brands. They are typically brought in direct from overseas, use very inexpensive parts, and do not have a track record of success.

But, they are very affordable, so even if it only lasts a couple of years and is then replaced, because the locks are very affordable compared to the brand names, this may be worth it for you.

The one I know my customers have used and have said works well for them, is the ULTRALOQ UL3 available on Amazon. In addition to pin code, the lock boasts a biometric scanner, can be opened by shacking your phone when near the lock, and has a key override.

One thing to be aware of is that the lock connects to a bridge inside the home. A bridge is just something that is plugged into an outlet and acts the communication channel between your lock and your internet. The lock talks to the bridge and the bridge talks to your internet.

Because of this, the smart lock installed on the gate must be within communication range of the bridge (~20 ft).

Use of this lock on a gate will require that the gate have a gate box installed to support a standard 2 3/8 backset lock.

Use Lock Covers to Protect the Non-Weatherproof Side

Some entrepreneurs have created a weather resistant cover for the back of their locks. This cover can be installed to make the backside weather resistant so that it can be installed on outdoor gates.

One manufacturer has created a generic cover that can be used on a variety of locks. For a small additional cost to the lock, the weather resistant smart lock cover can be an ideal way to solve the problem of smart locks on outdoor gates.

You can find weather resistant smart lock covers on Amazon.

Alternatives to Using a Gate Smart Lock Deadbolt

Use a Smart Padlock

In lieu of a smart deadbolt, you may be able to use a smart padlock. Smart padlocks offer several advantages over a deadbolt, the main advantage being that you don’t have to modify the gate to support a deadbolt. The smart padlocks also tend to be more affordable than smart deadbolts.

I’d recommend NOT using a biometric version. In outdoor use, the scanners may be in full sun and longevity of the scanner will be an issue. Dust and debris may also lead to false negatives, not being able to get in when you are enrolled as a user.

My favorite is the Pin Code Igloohome Smart Padlock available on Amazon. It supports hundreds of pin, single use codes, and offers monitoring of code access. All from within a solid bodied lock.

The main disadvantage to this method is that the padlocks are usually just Bluetooth based. Which mean, you get full programmability, code creating / editing, and can download reports from/to your phone only when near the lock, but you can’t do it from anywhere.

Use Mechanical Keyless Gate Locks

There are a variety of mechanical keyless entry gate locks that can be used to secure you gates and provide you access without the use of a key.

We cover many of them in our online article “How to Lock a Gate” for a variety of gate styles.

Mechanical keyless gate locks allow you to use pin code, and when desired, change that pin code to a new code when at the lock.

You lose the remote, dynamic operability of a smart lock, but you gain a longer lifespan since mechanical keyless locks have no electronics and many come with a lifetime mechanical warranty.

Our favorite by far is to use the Lockey C120 lock (available on Amazon).

The C120 is thin enough to mount on almost any standard tubed frame gate without modification to the gate, making it a great low cost, keyless gate entry solution.

DIY C120 Mechanical Keyless Gate Lock Install




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